After Decades in a Food Desert, These Neighbors Are Building a $2 Million Co-op—And They Own It
by Liz PleasantNov 12, 2015
- For nearly 20 years, the residents of this mostly African American Greensboro community had nowhere to shop for food. They tried to attract a big-box grocery store; when that didn’t work, they started their own.
What If We Owned the Internet Together? It’s Time to Bring the Co-op Revolution to the Web
by Nathan Schneider, Trebor ScholzNov 09, 2015
- The flourishing of farmers markets and credit unions demonstrates a longing for business that serves the common good. Can it infiltrate the Amazon-dominated, Uberized Internet?
How Creative Finance Launched Worker-Owned Co-ops In Post-Sandy New York
by Araz HachadourianOct 29, 2015
- Half of small businesses don’t make it past the first five years, and owners lose everything trying to pay off the loans. The Working World lets co-ops stabilize before repayment even begins.
Video: How This Brooklyn Neighborhood is Putting Healthy Food in Business
by Liz PleasantOct 23, 2015
- A co-op training program in Brooklyn could serve as a model for other cities looking to combat the effects of gentrification for long-time residents.
Three Years Ago, These Chicago Workers Took Over a Window Factory. Today, They're Thriving
by Sarah van GelderOct 09, 2015
- When Republic Windows and Doors closed down without giving workers notice, the issue drew national attention. Since then, they’ve turned the factory into a worker-owned co-op—where they hold the power.
Dangerous History: What the Story of Black Economic Cooperation Means for Us Today
by Keane BhattOct 07, 2015
- African Americans have been pioneering co-ops as an economic strategy since the days of slavery. Author Jessica Gordon Nembhard on how centuries-old models can guide our economy today.
NYC’s Credit Unions Give Mom-and-Pop Stores a Chance, Despite Gentrification
by Abigail Savitch-LewOct 02, 2015
- They're a lifeline to business owners. So why do these credit unions have trouble growing?
A Techy Management Fad Gives Workers More Power—Up to a Point
by Nathan SchneiderSep 30, 2015
- Holacracy aims to liberate workers from micromanagement by replacing bosses with code-like rules modeled on computer programming.
5 Steps to Turn Your Business Into a Worker-owned Co-op
by Cat JohnsonSep 09, 2015
- Learn how to turn any business into a worker-owned cooperative with this checklist.
These Neighbors Got Together to Buy Vacant Buildings. Now They’re Renting to Bakers and Brewers
by Olivia LaVecchiaSep 04, 2015
- Though the model is new and small, it holds outsize potential for the many neighborhoods whose downtowns are controlled by faraway landlords or retail chains.
What’s a Death Midwife? Inside the Alternative Death Care Movement
by Jennifer LuxtonSep 03, 2015
- From funeral cooperatives to green burials, there's a kinder, gentler, less expensive way to die.
After 20 Years Reporting on Solutions, I’m Going on a Journey to Find Where Hope Lies Now
by Sarah van GelderAug 13, 2015
- YES! co-founder Sarah van Gelder sets out on a road trip to find the edge of change.
This NYC Real Estate Co-Op Helps Small Businesses Stay Put
by Araz HachadourianJul 31, 2015
- A New York City co-op raises $1.2 million in pledges to fight gentrification and provide affordable rent for local business owners.
The Weekly Crunch: Tiny Houses in Vancouver and Why the South Is the New China
by YES! StaffJul 29, 2015
- This week: Bee activists step up their game, Bernie Sanders lays out his views on all thing politicals, and fracking takes its toll on Oklahoma.
A North Carolina Textile Co-Op Gives Immigrant Workers a Stake in the Business
by Cecilia GarzaJul 29, 2015
- In a state that lost 88 percent of its textile industry jobs in just 10 years, small worker-owned cooperatives are islands of rights and resilience.